Posts Tagged ‘lunch’


  • chopped chicken breast
  • celery, peeled and diced
  • red onion, diced
  • mayonnaise
  • dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • garlic powder
  • turmeric
  • fresh black pepper
  • paprika
  • cilantro, chopped
  • lettuce
  • tomato
  • poppyseed challah
1. Chop chicken breast and mixed with the celery and red onion. Make the dressing separately by mixing mayonnaise, a bit of dijon mustard, olive oil, garlic powder, turmeric,  fresh black pepper, and paprika. Mix in chopped cilantro.
2. Combine the dressing with the chicken and sandwich between challah with lettuce and tomato.

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Ashley and I wanted lunch. We found hot dogs in the fridge, but instead of a boring lunch, we decided to shake things up; A culinary battle to see who can create the best hot dog with ingredients we had in our own kitchen.

We immediately began and Ashley took out various food stuffs. I was a little worried when I saw things like watermelon, peanut butter, grape jelly, honey mustard, tomato, barbeque sauce, butter, and cinnamon come out of the fridge. Oh wait, I remember sour cream too. “At first, I just searched the fridge, hoping for ideas”, said Ashley. “There actually wasn’t that much of a thought process behind it..I was just throwing things together. I did actually think: how many ingredients can I throw together without making something disgusting?” She saw the mango and thought mango salsa, yet didn’t know what one was. She chopped up peaches, watermelon, and mango and made  a sauce with honey mustard,  mayo, grape jelly, lime juice, and some things she doesn’t remember. She almost put peanut butter in it. I’m thankful she did not.

Ashley’s Hot Dog with Sweet Mango Fruit Salad

I went to look for non-condiment toppings. I found onions and decided to make a balsamic compote. I added brown sugar too. I also love to have dipping sauces. I knew Ashley liked ketchup with her dogs, but didn’t want to take the easy way out. I made my own ketchup with tomato sauce, tomato paste, various seasonings, vinegar, and sugar. After cooking the hot dog, I decided to take it a step further by wrapping it in turkey and cooking it again.

Scott’s Turkey-Wrapped Dog with Onion-Balsamic Compote and Home-Made Ketchup

We dressed our plates and tasted both. Ashley liked my reduction sauce. She thought the ketchup was good, but overpowered the sweet sauce and was unnecessary. I thought Ashley’s dog was surprisingly good. The sauce was oddly tangy, but very mellow and sweet. The fruit was tender; however, the sauce was a little watery, causing the bread to become mushy. In addition, it was a little difficult to eat. This is a fun game that never stops spicing up every-day lunches.

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